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Tag Archives: ISIS

Some lessons for Trump if he wants to work with Muslim nations

Some lessons for Trump if he wants to work with Muslim nations

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized that a central focus of his administration will be to wipe the so-called Islamic State “from the face of the Earth.” Key presidential advisers like Steve Bannon have spoken of Islam as the enemy of the United States and the West. And now Trump has signed a second Muslim-focused travel ban involving six nations …

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Pakistan’s Afghanistan matters

Pakistan's Afghanistan matters

I have seen several posts here about Afghanistan, which inevitably involve Pakistan’s involvement in Afghanistan. So I thought that I would shed light on Pakistan’s core interests/concerns in Afghanistan. Perhaps, it will give people an understanding of Pakistan’s motivations and goals in the country. There are other interests besides these, but in my opinion these form the most important ones. …

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Trump targets Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries for US visa

US President Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will be among the countries whose citizens will have to go through an “extreme vetting” process before entering the United States. In an interview to ABC News, Mr Trump also said he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the …

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Pakistan – India circular foreign policy

The ‘surgical strikes’ and talk of covert support to Balochistan activists has [further] alarmed the establishment and helped in building public opinion that India is destabilising Pakistan. This is an unfortunate reality of a circular India-Pakistan relationship. Hardline towards Pakistan is cheered in India and it bolsters the establishment’s narrative in Pakistan. I see no immediate chance of normalisation let …

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Trump’s love for victory and US General’ s recent failures

President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley Stahl: “You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS.” Trump: “Well, I’ll be honest with you, I probably do because look at …

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The case of FATA

Recently, there has been talk that the FATA parliamentarians have called for the region to be merged with and administered by the province of KP. Much needed light has been shone on to perhaps the most ignored territory in the country that is strife with judicial and constitutional issues. As rightly pointed out in an editorial featured in DAWN, the …

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Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq

Al Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq

Do the latest operations of Al-Qaeda-linked militias in Iraq pose a significant threat to the peace and stability of the post-Saddam Iraqi state? Hikmat Yar Baloch tries to see whether any analytical relevance or connection can be drawn to the current state of insecurity in Iraq and what might happen in Afghanistan after 2014. Since December 2013, the “Islamic State …

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